You can’t miss Good Earth’s beautiful sari showcase
With names like Raw Mango, Anavila and more on the line-up
When it comes to saris, you know you can’t ever have enough. If you’ve been itching to test-drive the innovative drapes and silhouettes observed at the recently concluded Lakmé Fashion Week, concept store Good Earth has some good news.
Ensuring that the sustainable movement lives on beyond its reserved day-long extravaganza at Lakmé Fashion Week, Good Earth is hosting ‘Forvever Sari’, a three-day multi-designer sari preview starting today. The designer list reads off all our favourite names: Akaaro, Anavila, Anjul Bhandari, Ashdeen, Eka, Péro, Raw Mango and Good Earth Sustain.
Founder Anita Lal admits that the showcase is more for her than anything else. “I never really needed a reason or an occasion to wear saris. Joining the lively conversation around its revival, we wanted to celebrate the sari as a sustainable Indian garment with its modern renditions of fabrics, crafts, weaves and drapes,” she explains.
The rest fell together easily, but Lal worked on ensuring that the diversity of Indian crafts was represented in the work of the participating designers. Subsequently, embroidery forms from chikankari to Parsi gara; hand block printing, jamdani weaving technique and laborious techniques of natural dyeing have all found a spot in the line-up. “These bright designers have all started their journey with a deep-seated commitment to reviving the sari. Creating it in contemporary, offbeat fabrics, theys have repurposed it as a garment for everyday wear, one that is fuss-free, versatile and elegant,” she adds.
The best bit? You can add these designer garments to your wardrobe starting Rs 15,000 onwards. Salary day isn’t all that far away, so go ahead and treat yourself. We promise we won’t tell.
Here’s a preview of the ‘Forever Sari’ showcase:
Textile designer Gaurav Jai Gupta’s brainchild, Akaaro, gives handcrafted saris a contemporary makeover.
Think textured yet minimal saris, think Anavila. Hand-blocked prints in naturally-dyed hues of cream, beige, grey and white find place in her portfolio.
Anjul Bhandari’s pastel creations bring the delicate workmanship of Lucknowi craftsmen to the forefront, and will delight the chikankari-aficionado in you.
Fluid silhouettes and jamdani embroidery dictate Eka’s handwoven creations.
Good Earth Sustain, the brand’s craft conscious initiative, throws the spotlight squarely on dying artisanal techniques. Here’s a sampler: jamdani woven into naturally dyed saris and handcrafted zari embroidery on gossamer-like fabrics.
Looking for something a little more playful for a day out on the town? Péro’s tassled chanderi collection is just what you need.
Oriental Chinese gardens find expression in Ashdeen Lilaowala’s hand-embroidered saris adorned with exquisite Parsi Gara embroidery.
Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango insists that he is “still a textile guy and not a fashion designer,” further proof of which can be found in his handwoven saris that remain besotted with the loom.
Catch the ‘Forever Sari’ showcase from 17 – 19 February, 2017 at Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai. Tel: 022 2611 2481